For over a decade, placement of graduates into law school and graduate school has been nearly 100%; only one student failed to receive acceptance into law school. Students enjoy participation in two department clubs: the Delta Rho chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, which competes in Model Arab League each spring, and Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, which provides state and national convention attendance opportunities.
OC’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has been named the nation’s “Best Chapter” in its category for 19 straight years. The chapter’s Journal of Historical Studies placed third in the Nash Journal Award competition in 2011 and 2012, and was named the best undergraduate electronic journal in the nation in 2013. OC’s team won Outstanding Delegation at the Southwest Regional Model Arab League competition in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Courses Being Offered Fall 2015
- Turning Points in U.S. History
- Introduction to American Politics
- Interoduction to Public History
- US to 1877
- Perspectives in Western Civilization
- Revolution and Early National America
- America-Era of the World Wars
- Medieval Europe 400-1300
- Special Studies-American Indian History
- Senior History Seminar
- Political Parties and Interest Groups
- Theory and Ethics in International Relations
- World Regional Geography
- All Courses
B.A. Degree in History
B.A. Degree in History/Pre-Law
B.S. Degree in History/Pre-Law
B.S. Degree in Political Science
B.S.E. Degree in Social Studies
The History and Political Science Department is composed of disciplines which study human behavior in all of its complexity. We approach our studies as Christian scholars who recognize that humans have been created in God's image as creative, rational, and spiritual beings. Therefore, as we integrate faith and learning, we seek:
- to assist students in the development of the knowledge base, analytic skills and interpretative skills necessary for careers in academic history, public history, social studies education, law, or public service.
- to assist students in the acquisition of vibrant Christian faith, which can withstand with confidence the challenges of secularized contemporary western society and form the basis for lives of service.
- to assist students in the development of a global perspective, which is tolerant of other cultures, races, and ideas.
- to pursue the above goals not only with majors within the department, but also with non-majors in the significant segment of the liberal arts core curriculum taught by the department: Turning Points in U.S. History, Introduction to American Politics, Perspectives in Western Civilization, The Modern Middle East, and World Regional Geography.